Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Port Sunlight – housing styles

Port Sunlight is a unique garden village on Merseyside, built in the late 19th Century by William Hesketh Lever (later Viscount Leverhulme) to house his soap factory workers at Lever Brothers which eventually turned into the global giant Unilever. Lever was a philanthropist with a passion for education, charity, industry, art and architecture and Port Sunlight is an enduring testament to the achievements of this remarkable man. The sheer scale of his philanthropy was unprecedented and the whole of Port Sunlight is now a Conservation Area and a major tourist attraction for Wirral. It is said by many to be the finest surviving example of early urban planning in the UK.

The village is set in 130 acres of beautifully maintained parkland with a mature treescape and plenty of floral displays. Approximately 900 houses have been built along with some larger "principal" buildings. Nearly every building in the village is Grade II listed. Lever employed over 30 different architects in the building of the village and the result is an intoxicating mix of architectural styles enhanced by the parkland setting giving tranquil scenes of great beauty.

1 comment:

  1. How beautiful... I would love to see these lovely places in person.

    Thank you.